NCIS really wants to be able to spinoff for a second time, which might be why it’s working so hard to round up a solid cast. NCIS: New Orleans will star Scott Bakula as Special Agent Pride, but there needs to be more to this character for viewers to tune in. For instance: what’s his home life like? Is he married? It turns out he is and his wife has already cast under the presumption New Orleans will be getting a series order – how else could they have gotten Paige Turco to take the part? The actress has many jobs already, so New Orleans’ chances of pick up must be high.
Turco, who has been recurring on Person of Interest for the last couple of years, will be playing Linda Pride. TVLine reported that, should New Orleans, which comes from NCIS boss Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, go to series, Turco will have a recurring role. Right now, she’s a series regular on The 100, which premieres Wednesday, March 19 on The CW. Assuming The 100 does well, will this mean Turco will have to choose between New Orleans and Person of Interest. I hope not! She’s a lot of fun on Person of Interest and I hope they’ll be able to find a way to keep her on as many shows as possible. She’s fun to have around no matter what she’s doing.
New Orleans also has CCH Pounder, Zoe McClellan and Lucas Black in the cast. The spinoff will air as a two-part NCIS episode in the spring. It will be set at the New Orleans office and will handle cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. If this spinoff doesn’t get picked up, that will be the second time in recent years that NCIS has failed to manage another spinoff. Maybe NCIS: LA is destined to be the only spinoff.